Do you have a hankering for diamonds? Not afraid to get muddy? Then include a stop at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park.

The Ozarks extend from Missouri well into Arkansas and have provided a rich place of folk art and music. Another type of music predominates in the delta region.

In the spring of 2001, I decided to introduce myself to this state. I started on the eastern side, drove through the rice growing region, and paused in a river town.


Barges, levees, and a local museum made the day interesting. Then I headed west across the state. The landscape changed, more hills, more forest, and by the time I reached Fort Smith, I was on the edge of the Great Plains. Abundant variety. Needed more time to explore fully.

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